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Two agents docked for alleged N280,000 fraud

TWO suspects, Emmanuel Abayomi, 49, and Atinuke Abayomi, 37, who allegedly obtained N280,000 from two people with the pretext of procuring international passports for them, were on Thursday in Lagos arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
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The duo, who reside at Alagbado, Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretext.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Bisi Ogunleye, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on March 4 at Moshalasi, Alagbado, Lagos.

He said that the defendants conspired to defraud Mr Olamilekan Eweje and Mrs Victoria Olaogun of their money.

“They collected N100,000 from Eweje and N180,000 from Olaogun.

“Efforts made by the complainants to get either their passports or retrieve their money proved unsuccessful.

The case was reported and the defendants arrested.

Ogunleye noted that the offences violated Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 carries three years imprisonment for stealing while Section 314 attracts 15 years for obtaining money under pretence.

Magistrate Ejiro Kubeinje gave the defendants bail of N100,000 each, with two sureties each as part of the bail conditions.

Kubeinje said that all the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).

The case continues on April 21.